How to Store Camping Gear

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By Whitney Klenzendorf

Sometimes it can feel like the majority of a camping trip is spent packing, unpacking, and locating equipment. This is a situation which sometimes drives me slightly insane. And everyone seems to store camping gear differently. So to combat this insanity I’ve developed a pretty efficient system of storage. A system which prevents me from EVER having to pack for a camping trip!

Here, I’ll share with you the magic system.

Store Camping Gear easily and efficiently

And the fun part: you get to use a labelmaker!

I bought three bins of equal size and separated my camping gear into them according to various categories.

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This does involve having two sets of certain things, one for home and one for camping, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Bin 1:

Food prep in one bin: spatulas, measuring spoons, bowls, oven mitts, forks, etc.

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Bin 2:

Cleaning equipment and random tools go in the next bin. This includes hand soap, dish soap, dish towel, paper towels, small broom and dustpan, scissors, multiplugs, etc.

Bin 3:

Grilling/coffee tools in the third bin.

Summing up storing camping gear:

Of course you can divide your gear however you like. You don’t have to follow these categories but separating what you plan to take into bins is practical.

I bought the bin sizes that would fit in my guest closet, and I keep them stacked there when not using.

Obviously the size of the bins and the amount that goes into them can depend on the number of people camping. The type of camping may also have a bearing on this. You may wish to store more stuff rather than less to save packing time in whatever situation.

Having and using this simple system makes my life SO much easier.

When I want to go camping, I can just throw the bins in the car, without having to repack them each time.

After a trip, I make sure they are restocked/cleaned as needed. I took these bins on a recent camping trip to Inks Lake and couldn’t help but wonder why I didn’t do it sooner.

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Whitney Klenzendorf is an avid camper from Austin, Texas.

She writes the women’s outdoor blog, where she shares guidance for outdoor adventures and stories of women afield.

She can be found on social media at the handle @whitswilderness.

2 thoughts on “How to Store Camping Gear

  • March 5, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I like this as a reminder. I organize camping trips for 15 to 30 people at a time and it does help to be organized. Useful tips on the bins. Right now, I only have one bin but using a couple more to organize the rest seems the way to go.

  • March 4, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I have a system like this too – three bins – one for cooking stuff, one for car camping, and one for backpacking. I need a bigger closet, though.


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